Who We Are

We are a team of 34 undergraduate students at Cornell University who share a passion to build the next generation of robotic, intelligent sailboats.

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leads

Leads

The team leads are responsible for managing their respective subteams. They plan out and assign tasks to members and ensure the team is fully prepared for the competition each June and making progress on the long term goals.

jacksonkopitz

Jackson is from Manhattan Beach, California. When he's not in class, he's probably sleeping in the Duffield comfy chairs. He likes playing trombone, petting dogs, and large umbrellas.

Jackson Kopitz

Full Team Lead

Electrical & Computer Engineering
2020
katherinegray

Katherine is from London, England. On campus, she is involved with Humor Us! and Alpha Chi Omega. Katherine loves to travel, watch films, sail as often as possible, and talk about being British.

Katherine Gray

Mechanical Lead

Mechanical Engineering
2021
dianesutyak

Diane is from York, PA. Catch her commandeering Duffield alcoves, exploring gorges, or napping random places on campus. She also plays flute in the Big Red Marching Band and Pep Band.

Diane Sutyak

Navigation Lead

Electrical & Computer Engineering
2020
crystalwu

Crystal is from a hamlet in Dutchess County, New York. She like fun earrings, smoothies, and watching movies. Outside of CUSail, she also involved with Alpha Phi Omega and Cornell IEEE. While not in class, Crystal can be found napping, playing Pentris, or designing stickers.

Crystal Wu

Business Lead

Computer Science
2022
mechteam

Mechanical

The Mechanical Subteam designs and manufactures the mechanical components of the boat. They make the boat waterproof and work on a wide range of projects to help the boat withstand high winds while being light and fast for the competition.

katherinegray

Katherine is from London, England. On campus, she is involved with Humor Us! and Alpha Chi Omega. Katherine loves to travel, watch films, sail as often as possible, and talk about being British.

Katherine Gray

Mechanical Lead

Mechanical Engineering
2021
chriskutil

Chris lives in Westchester, NY. Aside from building sailboats, he also is a piano teacher through Cornell Piano Society. He can be found napping at odd hours and firmly believes that pineapple belongs on pizza.

Chris Kutil

Previous Mechanical Team Lead

Mechanical Engineering
2020
maryessex

Mary is from Fairfield, Connecticut, but her heart remains in the Great State of Texas. She loves celebrating birthdays because it gives her a great excuse to craft and eat cake; she loves cake. She enjoys skiing, golfing, and watching sports.

Mary Essex

Business & Operations, Mechanical Team

Systems Engineering
2019
alexmerrill

Alex grew up outside of Burlington, VT. While not a programmer at heart he is excited to try to teach a computer how to sail. In addition to CUSail he is also involved with the alpine ski team and the outing club on campus. In his spare time he tries to sail and ski as much as possible.

Alex Merrill

Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering
2021
nickallen

Nick is from West Point, New York. Nick is also a midshipman in Cornell's Naval ROTC Unit. In his free time, he enjoys running, making origami, and long walks on short beaches.

Nick Allen

Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering
2021
claudiabuchard

Claudia is studying Environmental Engineering from Portland, Oregon. Outside of CUSail, she plays Ultimate Frisbee for the Cornell Roses, rock climbs, and thrift shops.

Claudia Buchard

Mechanical Team

Environmental Engineering
2021
halle

Halle is a junior mechanical engineering major. She is from Mentor, Ohio and is on the varsity women’s sailing team at Cornell. In her free time, she likes to draw cartoons, make websites, and build things out of everything.

Halle Buescher

Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering
2021
philipayoub

Philip is from Greenwich, Connecticut. Although he never did it competitively, he is very passionate about sailing, especially when it comes to helping a computer navigate the stormy seas. He is also involved in the Club Lacrosse Team on campus. In his free time, he can be found rewatching movies or hanging out with friends.

Philip Ayoub

Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering
2022
jenniferlee

Jennifer is from Wayne, PA (about 40 min from Philadelphia). She plays an excessive amount of Tetris and her current high-score for 40L sprint is 37.2 seconds (please DM her through LinkedIn if you have a lower time). Jen is also scared of water, fish, and boats. She had reoccuring nightmares after watching Finding Dory.

Jennifer Lee

Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering
2022
rafi

Rafi is from New Haven, Connecticut. Outside of CUSail, he is involved with Cornell Productions, a student run organization that supplies lighting and sound services for the events on campus. In his spare time, he enjoys playing jazz guitar and can strangely juggle well.

Rafael Gottlieb

Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering
2023
julianna

Julianna is from Long Island, New York. On campus, she plays trumpet in the Pep Band and is a member of the Society of Women Engineers. When she’s not stressing about school, Julianna enjoys rock climbing, playing basketball, and petting dogs.

Julianna Seifert

Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering
2023
claire

Claire is from London, England. On campus she is also part of the International Students Union. In her free time she enjoys trying out the different dining halls in seach of good italian food, running around Beebe lake and complaining about the cold.

Claire Beck-Belaman

Mechanical Team

Undecided
2023
aleksandra

Aleksandra “Ola” is from Queens New York. Originally from Poland, she loves making Polish cultural foods and hiking the Tatry mountains. She also enjoys rock climbing and watching historical dramas.

Aleksandra Nasiukiewicz

Mechanical Team

2023


dianesutyak

Diane is from York, PA. Catch her commandeering Duffield alcoves, exploring gorges, or napping random places on campus. She also plays flute in the Big Red Marching Band and Pep Band.

Diane Sutyak

Navigation Lead

Electrical & Computer Engineering
2020
everettwhite

Everett is a senior in the College of Engineering studying Computer Science. Aside from CUSail, he is also involved in the Cornell Wushu Club, which practices martial arts.

Everett White

Navigation Team

Computer Science
2020
devindean

Devin is a junior in the college of engineering. Devin enjoys playing volleyball and going hiking in his free time. Recently, Devin learned to scuba dive!

Devin Dean

Navigation Team

Engineering Physics
2021
jamiepoole

Jamie is from Farmington, Connecticut. Outside of her studies, Jamie studies robotics in the Collective Embodied Intelligence Laboratory and plays the flute in the Big Red Marching Band. Her ultimate goal in life is to develop intelligent robots to start a revolution to bring about the fall of capitalism.

Jamie Poole

Navigation Team

Electrical & Computer Engineering
2021
mahikakudlugi

Mahika is from Wellesley, Massachusetts. She has a pug named Zoey, who is the most valuable human in her family. In her free time, Mahika loves listening to podcasts and watching Rick and Morty.

Mahika Kudlugi

Navigation Team

Computer Science
2022
troysmith

In addition to CUSail, Troy is a part of the Recreational Fencing Club and the Hammock Enthusiasts’ Club on campus. He has been coding and dabbling in AutoCAD programs for the last few years, and also has an interest in learning to sail.

Troy Smith

Navigation Team

Computer Science
2020
alan

Alan is junior studying ECE from Cincinnati, Ohio. Outside of academics, Alan enjoys hiking, hammocking, and photography. Alan is also a part of Asian American InterVarsity where he enjoys discussing the intersection of religion and ethnicity.

Alan Hsiao

Navigation Team

Electrical & Computer Engineering
2021
courtney

Courtney is from Tampa, Florida. Outside of her studies, she enjoys building robots to automate her life, hiking, and complaining about the weather.

Courtney McBeth

Navigation Team

Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science
2021
vivian

Vivian is from Cleveland, OH. Outside of CUSail, she's involved in research, CU Nooz, and APO. She enjoys impulsively buying stuffed animals, watching food videos, and hiking. She loves mangoes, puzzles, and Nintendo games!

Vivian Jiang

Navigation Team

Computer Science, Biology
2022
adi

Adityavardhan “Adi” is from India. Outside of CUSail, he is involved with the CMSX group and is interested in the blend of computer science and finance. He is a theatre enthusiast and loves watching and acting in productions. He also loves eating spicy food and drinking coffee.

Adityavardhan Agrawal

Navigation Team

Computer Science
2022
aiden

Aidan is from South Burlington, Vermont. Outside of academics, he loves to backpack, snowboard, and rock climb. He enjoys exploring the outdoors, especially the local cliffs and gorges. Despite the naysayers, his favorite Ithaca season is the winter.

Aidan Chalnick

Navigation Team

Computer Science
2022
will

Will is a Freshman from the Jersey Shore. Aside from being a pro at putting in beach umbrellas, he also enjoys playing ping-pong and marching trumpet in the BRMB.

William Salcedo

Navigation Team

Electrical & Computer Engineering
2023
troysmith

Rachel is from Atlanta, Georgia. She likes dogs, snacks, and hiking. She played violin for 10+ years before becoming allergic to the chin rest.

Rachel Zhou

Navigation Team

Computer Science
2023
fabrizio

Fabrizio is from Venezuela by way of Miami, Florida. You can usually find him napping in Olin in between Calculus sets. Outside of CUSail, he enjoys bowling, hiking, and arguing that Terraria is better than Minecraft.

Fabrizio Casanova Alaimo

Navigation Team

Computer Science
2023

businessteam

Business & Operations

The Business & Operations Subteam is the connection between the team and the rest of Cornell. The team handles marketing, front end development, design, finances, outreach, and sponsorships.


crystalwu

Crystal is from a hamlet in Dutchess County, New York. She like fun earrings, smoothies, and watching movies. Outside of CUSail, she is involved with Alpha Phi Omega and Cornell IEEE. While not in class, Crystal can be found napping, playing Pentris, or designing stickers.

Crystal Wu

Business & Operations Lead

Computer Science
2022
jacksonkopitz

Jackson is from Manhattan Beach, California. When he's not in class, he's probably sleeping in the Duffield comfy chairs. He likes playing trombone, petting dogs, and large umbrellas.

Jackson Kopitz

Full Team Lead

Electrical & Computer Engineering
2020
maryessex

Mary is from Fairfield, Connecticut, but her heart remains in the Great State of Texas. She loves celebrating birthdays because it gives her a great excuse to craft and eat cake; she loves cake. She enjoys skiing, golfing, and watching sports.

Mary Essex

Business & Operations, Mechanical Team

Systems Engineering
2019
rachel

Rachel is from New Jersey. Outside of CUSail she is part of Forte, a women's undergraduate business club. She enjoys eating good food and talking to new people.

Rachel Han

Business & Operations Team

Computer Science
2022
tomas

Tomas is from Brooklyn, NY. Outside of CUSail, Tomas is part of ECO, Thread Magazine, the Cornell Daily Sun, and Phi Gamma Delta. In his free time, he enjoys finding new music on SoundCloud, watching Fortnite videos, and talking about sustainability.

Tomas Engquist

Business & Operations Team

Information Science
2022
nada

Nada is from Brooklyn, New York. She enjoys making art and taking pictures of the sky as she’s walking to class. In case anyone was wondering, her bubble tea order is always a large milk tea with bubbles and less ice.

Nada Attia

Business & Operations Team

Computer Science
2023
rachel

Meghana is a freshman from Ithaca, NY. In her free time she enjoys visiting the local gorges, watching Netflix, and most of all eating grilled cheese.

Meghana Gavirneni

Business & Operations Team

Economics
2023